Miley Cyrus' Toxic Jewelry Pulled from Walmart

The pop star’s collection of bracelets and necklaces, designed by Max Azria and sold exclusively at Walmart, was removed from shelves yesterday because lab tests revealed it contained dangerously high levels of the toxic metal cadmium, according to an Associated Press investigation.

A statement released to E! News by Cyrus's rep on behalf of all the parties involved said, “Miley Cyrus & Max Azria jewelry is not intended for children, but as part of our unwavering commitment to protecting the safety of children, we are removing all of the jewelry from sale while we investigate its compliance with our children's jewelry standard."

It’s important to know that the jewelry itself isn’t harmful to wear, so you don’t have to upset your tweens by taking away their favorite Hannah Montana accessories just yet. However, if the jewelry is sucked on or bitten by either your little ones or your jittery tweens, the long-term exposure to cadmium, a known carcinogen, can lead to bone softening and kidney failure. And recent research suggests it can hinder brain development in young children, similar to the effects of lead poisoning

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